You may have been wondering what’s next for the library building. Here’s an update, including one very important and time-sensitive announcement.
On June 26th at 7 pm Kingston will be holding a Special Town Meeting. The warrant includes only a few articles, but they are all important to the future of Kingston. We hope you will attend, to hear the issues and vote.
As you know, last December Kingston voters decided not to build a new library. In the months since then, library trustees and staff have held many discussions with town officials and residents about how to make the best, most efficient use of the building we have, and solve ongoing issues with an aging building designed for a smaller town and an earlier era.
We listened to the voters, we are considering all the suggestions that people have made — including some very creative ideas from our talented town officials and residents — and we’re ready to move forward.
To do that, we will need the help of an architect and engineers to turn those great ideas into a detailed, workable plan for the building. One of the articles on the June 26th Town Meeting warrant is a request for funds to create plans, drawings, and cost estimates — a practical plan to protect and update this aging municipal building, built in 1971 and remodeled as a library in 1994, and create a modern library Kingston can be proud of.
The North and South Rivers Watershed Association, in conjunction with WaterSmart South Shore, is holding a painted rain barrel raffle. The NSRWA is collaborating with artists and groups on the South Shore for this public art project. The rain barrel for Kingston is on display at the Kingston Library at 6 Green St.
Entries for the raffle are being collected in each of the town’s libraries and online. The winners will be drawn from paper and online entries. To enter the raffle online, go to our website.
Art Major students of the graduating class of 2018 from Silver Lake Regional High School painted the barrel for Kingston. Silver Lake Regional High School serves the towns of Kingston, Plympton, and Halifax. Art Major is a full year course that is intended for students who have a serious interest in pursuing art at the college level. This was the last project for the Art Major students. They, along with their teacher Sarah Butler, collaborated together on the design of the barrel and took on different jobs in the preparation and creation of this piece.
The WaterSmart Program is a partnership with the NSRWA and 10 towns on the South Shore; Aquarion (Hingham and Hull), Duxbury, Hanover, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Scituate and Weymouth, which provides education to school children and adults on water conservation in their homes, businesses and towns.
Thank you to our WaterSmart towns and rain barrel painters for helping us to make this project a success!
On July 1st, we’re introducing a change to our eBook and eAudiobook collection that we’re pretty excited about. We have offered eBooks and eAudiobooks on a number of platforms in recent years. On July 1st, we’ll be streamlining those services a bit and building up the services that work best for Kingston library users.
Axis 360 will be discontinued, but you will find even more books and video on Overdrive and Hoopla in the coming months. Of course, you can continue to stream and download digital music from Hoopla.
We’re excited about making things a little simpler for you! And remember, we can also help you find digital research resources. If you want help with any of this, drop in to see us or give us a call at 781-831-6272.
For additional information, visit the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Website.
Get in the game! Board games are now available for checkout at the Kingston Public Library! Stop by the lobby to check one out today, or browse through our collection here.
Thank you to all who donated! We collected a total of 101 pairs of PJs! A special thank you to the staff and parents at Crayon College in Kingston and Plymouth for their generous donations!
Over the last 11 years, the Boston Bruins PJ Drive has raised thousands of dollars, and given thousands of PJs to families in need. This year, with a goal of 15,000 new PJs, the drive is poised once again to help thousands of children across the state. To reach this goal, the help of all communities in Massachusetts is needed. In years past Kingston residents have shown their kindness by contributing generously to this drive. With the help and support of Kingston residents, thousands of children across Massachusetts can have access to a warm set of PJs, something no kid should be without.
Fake news has been around for as long as human beings could communicate. Of course, over time, the methods of delivery have become more sophisticated. Sometimes it’s as innocuous as Hollywood gossip, while other times fake news can potentially have dire consequences. Fast forward to 2017 with the advent of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to name a few, where people can pick and choose news that suits their personal narratives and then share it with whomever they want whether the story has been proven or not. The Kingston Public Library hosted a visiting lecturer from Bridgewater State University to discuss the dangers of the modern day fake news.
PCN PACTV Community News- The Kingston Public Library hosted a Dungeons and Dragons gaming event for players 13 and over. Dungeons and Dragons is a card game that helps build communications skills and creates a collaborative gaming environment. With wizards, witches, Dungeons and of course Dragons… All who attended had a great time and PCN dropped in to get the story.
Libraries Can Be More Than Just Books
By MATT A.V. CHABAN
SEPT. 18, 2017
New York has an opportunity, one shared by cities across the country, to improve library infrastructure while creating badly needed housing. By using aging branches as sites for development, new libraries may rise with affordable apartments on top. The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio should seize the chance at sites citywide to link these crucial needs.
Read the full article here.
Watch We All Need Libraries! a fun, eye-opening 3-minute video about Massachusetts libraries and how much they are valued in their communities. For example, did you know that 5 million people attend the home games of the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins — and 34 million Massachusetts residents visit their public libraries every year?
What is a little free library?
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community.
Where are the little free libraries located?
The Little Free Libraries will be located in seven different locations around Kingston: Town Hall, Gray’s Beach, The Ah-de-nah, Rocky Nook Brewster Park, The Reed Community Building, Sampson Park, and Kingston Intermediate School. Libraries were built by the Silver Lake Regional High School Carpentry Program.
How can I donate books?
Once the little free libraries are up and running, simply find one near you and place your donations inside!
The Little Free Libraries are a Kingston Community Fun project, a collaboration of the Library, The Adams Center, Council on Aging & Recreation Departments